Space Flora: Origins | Tulips In An Unidentified Flying Ice-Cream Cone

Space Flora: Origins | Tulips In An Unidentified Flying Ice-Cream Cone

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TOPIC: CONE INCIDENT. 4 RESULTS.

EXPLORER LOG - MIKAL SINGH

LOG ENTRY #468

I must be losing my mind.

I haven’t repaired Bertie yet, so since I can’t send out a drone, I’ve been doing all explorer ship inspections manually in EVA. Today, as I stepped out into the black, brushing off the space vines that were beginning to envelop the ship, I spotted a large unidentified space flora. A giant tulip with eyes. This didn’t make me question my sanity, we’ve spotted space flora with faces before, but... The tulips were inside an ice cream cone.

The unidentified space flora moved quickly, so I wasn’t able to take a good look at it, but the shape and texture was undeniable. The flora I get, extraterrestrial flora isn’t a wild stretch of our imagination but... An ice cream cone is an Earth thing. I got two theories.

Either the tulip somehow originates from Earth, or I’ve run into some deep space god that shapeshifts based on the observer. Against my better judgement, I am currently in pursuit of the unidentified space flora.

EXPLORER LOG - MIKAL SINGH

LOG ENTRY #469

I have acquired video footage of the unidentified tulip. It has been three solid days of high G pursuit, and I wasn’t sure how much more my body could take. Eerily, just as I was about to black out, the tulip seemed to slow down to a crawl. I have no information on the tulip’s method of propulsion or navigation, but it seems to feed off the sun like the other space flora.

I’ve confirmed I’m not completely crazy at least, as the ice cream cone shows up in the footage. So, whatever this flora is, it’s not a reality bending god. I think. Maybe the footage is tainted too. Maybe my brain adds the cone to the footage after the fact. To confirm or deny my possible case of space madness, I’ve sent the footage back to Olympus Mons. But, by the time I get an answer from them, it might be too late.

The cone looks weirdly tasty.

EXPLORER LOG - MIKAL SINGH

LOG ENTRY #470

The tulip has stopped moving entirely, and observed me during today’s EVA inspection. The ship shows no new signs of space flora growth, and appears operational. Attempts to communicate with the tulip have failed thus far, and are only met with silence. Still waiting on news from Olympus Mons regarding the footage.

Tomorrow, I will move the ship closer to see how the tulip reacts. If I’m lucky, I’ll be able to grab a sample of the ice cream cone for further analysis. Maybe a taste test. No, bad explorer. No tasting the science.

EXPLORER LOG - MIKAL SINGH

LOG ENTRY #471

Well. Okay. Upon my regular EVA inspection, I’ve discovered that my ship has been encased in a layer of ice cream cone on the outside, the tulip’s doing. The unidentified tulip is no longer unidentified; her name is Miranda, and she wanted to see how long it’d take before I’d move closer and make contact. Essentially, this is a flower’s equivalent of a prank.

But when I asked how she knew what an ice cream cone was, the tulip merely sped off into the black, leaving me more confused than ever. Thankfully, Olympus Mons has confirmed that I haven’t lost my marbles.

Miranda’s speeds exceed that of safe high G thrust, so I will return to assigned route along Neptune.

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